Definition of state of affairs (or things) in English:

state of affairs (or things)

phrase

  • A situation or set of circumstances.

    ‘the survey revealed a sorry state of affairs in schools’
    • ‘Sunderland's solicitor Clive Flynn described the case as a sad and sorry state of affairs.’
    • ‘It isn't really about revealing, you know, the true state of things, it is partly about selling us things that keep us comfortably numb in the matrix.’
    • ‘I like the idea of teaching kids to evaluate risks, but I wonder about the state of things in our world today.’
    • ‘I don't want to travel by public transport as I don't feel safe, and that is a sorry state of affairs.’
    • ‘Whether that will really work with voters, who tend to be pretty happy with the state of things right now, remains to be seen.’
    • ‘I genuinely take the view when I travel that most people are basically decent and friendly and amazingly hospitable, and that's the natural state of things.’
    • ‘‘When he arrives, we will sit down and have a long talk regarding his position and the state of things in the team,’ he said.’
    • ‘‘I think it's pretty meaningless to make a film that reinforces the current state of things,’ says Achbar.’
    • ‘The pains of exile, as it turns out, extend outward into a pained contemplation of the sorry state of things worldwide.’
    • ‘A sorry state of affairs to say the least and a disaster for the promotion of the game.’
    condition, shape, situation, circumstances, state of affairs, position
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